… No Bake Gluten-Free Energy Bites!
These little pop-in-your-mouth-to-get-your-motor-going bites of protein and carbs are delicious and so easy to make. With no baking or cooking required, these raw treats are kept in the fridge and quick to grab as a pre-workout boost, or as a tasty recharge snack post-workout. Packed with oats, nut butter, antioxidants from the cocoa, and mostly natural sweetening from dates with just a little sweet support from agave nectar, Power Balls make healthy after-school snacks for the kids too. They’re dairy-free and vegan too!
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan Power Balls
- 3 cup walnuts
- 7 dates, pitted
- 4 cup gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats, divided 1/2 cup and 1/4 cup
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon golden flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons agave nectar
- 2 Tablespoons nut butter - I like Justin’s Maple Almond Butter1
- 2 Tablespoons applesauce
- Chop walnuts in a food processor, using pulse mode, just until finely chopped, being careful not to puree. Set aside.
- Chop dates into small pieces in food processor. Set aside.
- Combine 1/2 cup oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, cocoa powder and salt in food processor. Pulse just enough to cut up oats and combine ingredients.
- Pour into mixing bowl. Add agave, 1/4 cup oats, almond butter, applesauce, walnuts and dates. Stir to combine. Mixture won’t completely stick together at this point.
- Roll small amount (about 2 Tablespoonfuls) between palms to form a ball. Place on plate. Continue with remaining mixture.
- Chill Power Balls, covered with plastic wrap, in fridge about 30 minutes to firm up.
- Eat and enjoy!
- Store Power Balls in fridge for up to a week (if they last that long), or in an airtight, resealable bag in freezer up to 3 months.
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